7 Ways to Use ALL In Learning for Daily Data-Driven Instruction


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Data-Driven Instruction means gathering hard data on student comprehension frequently, so you can address misconceptions while the lesson is still fresh - before students fall behind. The easier it is to collect that data, the more often you can do it, and the more effective you can be.

Here are 7 ways to use ALL In Learning for daily data-driven instruction that is easy, quick, and engaging!

Note: Some of these strategies use "Clickers On-the-Fly,"
for which a detailed video can be seen here.
For strategies that use bubble sheet scanning,
see the instructional video here.


#1: Bell Ringers, Warm-Ups, and Do Nows

At the beginning of class, warm up with a few questions using clickers, student devices, or bubble sheets. The kids can go at their own pace (asynchronously) using clickers, student devices, or bubble sheets, or you can guide them question-by-question with clickers (synchronously).

This activity helps focus students and makes them aware of their misconceptions, giving them ownership of their learning, while giving you immediate data for feedback, instruction, intervention, and enrichment strategies.

#2: Grade Math and Science “Work It Out” Problems in a Snap

You can get instant data even for problems that need to be worked out with pencil and paper with no answer choices provided. Simply reveal the answer options after everyone finishes a question and collect the students’ responses with clickers.

You’ll get instant data on student comprehension, see who’s struggling, and be able to remediate. You’ll also save all that grading time. (5 periods of 30 students with 3 questions each is 450 questions if you were grading manually!)

#3: Score Homework as Class Begins

At the beginning of class, students can drop homework bubble sheets under your document camera for instant scoring, or answer comprehension questions with clickers.

This formative assessment strategy will give you an understanding of what you need to re-teach and who is struggling, and all students will be engaged in the moment with immediate feedback. Oh, and there are huge time savings!

#4: On-the-Fly Verbal Questions with Clickers (Zero Prep)

Verbally ask questions in the moment to quickly gauge comprehension as you teach, and have students respond with clickers!  Clickers engage every student, getting them to participate without fear of embarrassment, and provide immediate feedback so you can determine if you need to re-teach a topic.

This activity can be done daily, requires zero preparation of questions or materials, and gives you great data for instant and ongoing analysis.


#5: On-the-Fly Whiteboard or Doc Cam Questions with Clickers (Low Prep)

In the middle of teaching, display a few questions with your doc cam or whiteboard, and have students respond with clickers. You can write it or display existing resources like worksheets or end-of-chapter textbook questions.

This in-the-moment engagement strategy can energize students with participation and immediate feedback, gives you in-the-moment comprehension data, and requires little or no preparation!


#6: On-the-Fly Clicker Questions with Brainpop, Reasoning Minds, etc.

Log in to your favorite website or digital resource for teaching or assessment (like Brainpop, Reasoning Minds, Think Central, etc.) and have students respond to on-screen or your own verbal questions with clickers. The floating On-the-Fly engagement bar can sit on top, out of the way of the content you’re displaying!

With very little prep, you’ll be able to engage students, while collecting great comprehension data and providing in-the-moment feedback. This in-the-moment activity engages students gives you instantly-scored


#7: Exit Tickets, Demonstrations of Learning, Tickets Out the Door

If your district has a daily exit ticket initiative, you can use clickers or bubble sheets with printed or displayed questions, and even collect their math/science “work it out on paper” answers by displaying the choices after they finish.

Students can get instant feedback or have appropriate homework assigned, and you can review the data to see if a change in instructional strategy is required for the next class period.

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